Church News

Pancakes for Puerto Rico  (Helping others in Christ's name)
Wow!  Our neighbors in Puerto Rico have had a long hard time of it since hurricane Maria hit them back in September last year.  The three youth of our Confirmation Class want to help.  So, they are doing a fundraiser called “Pancakes for Puerto Rico” right after the worship service on Sunday, July 29.  You are asked to give a freewill offering and all proceeds will go to support the United Methodist Committee On Relief (U.M.C.O.R.)'s efforts to assist the people of Puerto Rico rebuild their lives.
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Holy Baptism
We are excited that Brittany Hays experienced the sacrament of Holy Baptism at our worship service on Sunday, June 24.  Brittany first began coming to our church over a year ago.  Without being asked, she volunteered to help with V.B.S. last year.  Brittany has been part of our Youth Group and is now part of our Confirmation Class. Congratulations!

Youth Confirmation Classes
Rev. Williams and Susan are offering a Confirmation Class for any youth who has completed seventh grade or above and who has not had the opportunity to be a part of a membership class.  Please keep our confirmands in your prayers!  They are:  Jaden Ahnefeld, Brittany Hays, and Ruby Schmidt.  Confirmation Sunday will be August 12, 2018.

Lay Servant Training
The Northwest District of the United Methodist Church (of which we are a part) is offering a Lay Servant Workshop.  These events are great for anyone who wants to learn about being a Methodist or how to do more for your church.  This exciting training event will be Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Hamilton U.M.C. Find out more right here.

Upper Room Magazines
The July-August 2018 issue of the Upper Room devotional magazine is now available.  Pick up a copy at the back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway.  As always, we have both regular and large print versions.

Flower Chart
Would you like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays.  Check out the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the church office reserve the Sunday of your choice.

Church Steeple Repair
Long ago our church steeple had a decorative topper.  However, it broke off many years ago (10 years at least).  At that time a coffee can was placed on top of the steeple as a quick fix.  A couple of years ago we noticed that the coffee can had disappeared; probably blown away in a storm.  Since then the Trustees have wondered how to get to the top of the steeple to determine its condition.  The concern was that there might be a hole up there that would allow rain and snow to get in.  Well, thanks to a camera-bearing drone we now have our answer.  As you can see there is definitely a hole that needs to be addressed.  We are currently trying to decide the best way to cap off the hole and how to get up there to do it!!  No small challenge to be sure.  Thanks to Dan Gawedzinsky who was kind enough to bring his drone to the church and take the photos.  If you would like to see more detail, click here to see pictures

Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner Cartridges
Help the church save money on office supplies!  We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges.  Those printer cartridges are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to church and we'll put them to good use.  Thanks for helping.

Don't forgot about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program!  Start saving them right now if you have not already been doing so.  Then bring your UPC (proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table in the hallway.  The can is marked “Best Choice.”  Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC labels.

Large Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin for those who would benefit from larger text.  Large print versions of the hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with all the announcements.

C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for Scholars
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients.  C.M.U. partners with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation (MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships.  This year C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist members]